It may not have been the prettiest of victories, but with the lack of practice time and a ton of new players in the lineup, the Senators will certainly take the win. They get off to a worrisome slow start, even failing behind less than 5 minutes into the first, but a solid last 10 minutes got them back into the game with a goal from Michalek, who scored the opening goal for the 2nd straight year.
They didn't exactly come out flying in the 2nd either however, taking 10 minutes to even register their first shot, but a timely goal from Chris Neil that was similar to his OT winner from the playoffs had the Sens in the lead after 2 somehow.
The third didn't exactly instill a ton of confidence either, but a powerplay goal from Erik Karlsson and a poor goal from Kyle Turris late in the 3rd sealed the win and got the Sens the 2 points they came to get. And that's what counts winning 4-1.
Other thoughts from the game:
- Latendresse missed a fairly easy tap in and took 2 lazy undisciplined penalties. Not exactly the start you want when trying to change people's mind that you're a lazy, frustrating player.
- Ottawa native Marc Methot looked solid in his debut and chipped in with a lovely stretch pass to get the helper on the Turris goal. He also had a few solid hits to show his physical presence. Looks like he will be a good partner for Karlsson.
- Speaking of EK65, so much for the thought from many "experts" that he may fall off this year. The Swede had a goal and 2 assists and was easily Ottawa's best player. He even got some PK time.
- Silfverberg was solid but not spectacular but I expect him to get better as he gets more comfortable during the season.
- I would have liked to have seen more from Spezza but it's just one game.
- Alfie was Alfie, always solid and full of passion. Loved when he went after Antropov. Can't let that slide.
- Anderson started off very slow but in the 2nd and 3rd he was great. No complaints here.
- Weircioch sure looked like he belonged in the NHL, playing a very solid all around game and getting an assist as well. He sure looked a lot stronger than in previous years.
- Benoit was ok but looked a little overwhelmed at times.
- The 2nd pairing of Gonchar and Phillips looked slow and old at many points. If it keeps up they may find themselves on the 3rd pairing.
Thoughts on the game?